The Aesthetic Movement

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The Aesthetic Movement

  1. 1. The Aesthetic Movement Aestheticism and Decadence
  2. 2. Main Features <ul><li>Language of the senses </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive attention to the self </li></ul><ul><li>Hedonistic attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Perversity in subject matter </li></ul><ul><li>Disenchantment with contemporary society – dissatisfaction with the Victorian values </li></ul><ul><li>Absence of didactic aim </li></ul>
  3. 3. T. Gautier (France, 1811-72) <ul><li>Frustration and uncertainty of the artist </li></ul><ul><li>Reaction against materialism and restrictive middle class moral code </li></ul><ul><li>Art for art’s sake (aesthetic isolation) </li></ul><ul><li>The bohémien unconventional existence </li></ul><ul><li>Art, beauty, sensation & excess </li></ul>
  4. 4. Walter Pater(1839-1894) <ul><li>Subversive, rejected religious faith </li></ul><ul><li>Art  the only means to stop time </li></ul><ul><li>Life should be lived ‘as a work of art’ </li></ul><ul><li>Intense experience, feeling and sensations </li></ul><ul><li>The artist should feel sensations </li></ul><ul><li>Art has no reference to life, has nothing to do with morality and need not be didactic </li></ul>
  5. 5. OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900 <ul><li>The Picture of Dorian Gray is his only novel (1891) </li></ul><ul><li>Set in London in the 19th century </li></ul><ul><li>The protagonist is DORIAN GRAY, a young man whose beauty fascinates a painter, Basil who decides to portray him… </li></ul>

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